Up next in our list of Pokémon that look like pets is
Poochyena. Chosen over Mightyena because it looks a lot
more like a domestic dog and a lot less like a wolf.
The PL version of the evolution has seen some
play in recent memory (it’s a decent anti-Gengar tech
for one thing) so it isn’t completely out of the
question for Poochyena to get some competitive table
time. To be perfectly honest, there isn’t a lot to
choose between either of the two legal Poochyena (this
one and the one from Legends Awakened). Both have 50 HP,
Fighting Weakness, Psychic Resistance and meh attacks
that are cheap but really not a whole lot of use.
There is one thing that Poochyena has going for it
though, and that it the crazy illustration. I honestly
don’t know what the artist was trying for but . . . that
Poochyena looks like roadkill! It’s even
(apparently) laying in a gutter!
The bonkers artwork gives me a reason to love this card
that its stats and attacks sadly don’t provide.
Modified: 1.5 (only good for evolving into a Mightyena)
Finally, we reach the dog section of this week's COTDs.
And it's a...weird looking Poochyena. Seriously, what
was the artist thinking here? Why this dog Pokemon? I'd
almost prefer to see Arcanine SV(non-SP) than this.
For what it's worth, it's not a bad basic by any means.
I'm always a fan of any Call for Family-style attacks;
those that search out more Pokemon from the deck. Howl
can only search for Poochyena, but it's an energyless
attack, so I can't fault it there. As for Lunge, well,
you probably shouldn't be using it. It doesn't really do
that much damage, and if you're still stuck with
Poochyena, you might as well thin the deck by using
Howl. The bottom stats are nothing special; 50 HP, has a
weakness, resistance, and a retreat cost, about what
you'd expect. This isn't a great basic, but it's pretty
Still, if you don't want to use it, I don't blame you.
The art's still silly, and who really plays Mightyena